Canberra Raiders halfback Matt Orford needs to prove he won’t be an injury liability in order to guarantee a second season at the club.

The 33-year-old has struggled with a chronic groin injury for three years, and has played just six matches in his first season in Canberra.

It’s understood Orford’s future at the Raiders next year hinges heavily on his recovery from his groin complaint.

Orford has not played since round nine against former club Manly.

Recent reports the club has already offered to pay out the 2008 Dally M medallist’s contract are untrue.

Canberra signed Orford for two seasons, with an option for a third, at the start of the year.

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”It [a payout offer] definitely hasn’t happened,” Raiders boss Don Furner said yesterday.

”It’s just frustration for Matt more so than anybody, he’d love nothing more than to get back on the field.

”He just keeps having issues with the groin, and he’ll have to make a decision I guess on managing it, or operating on it.”

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